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Gower Gulch Loop

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley, California

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Gower Gulch Loop

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  • Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch Loop, and Zabriskie Point Trail junction.- Gower Gulch Loop
  • Hike through the canyon washouts.- Gower Gulch Loop
  • Sunrise on the Gower Gulch Loop Trail in Death Valley National Park.- Gower Gulch Loop
  • Diverse geology in Gower Gulch Loop.- Gower Gulch Loop
  • Hiking Gower Gulch Loop.- Gower Gulch Loop
  • Gower Gulch Loop in Death Valley National Park.- Gower Gulch Loop
  • Gower Gulch Loop in Death Valley National Park.- Gower Gulch Loop
  • One of two minor climbs along Gower Gulch Loop.- Gower Gulch Loop
  • One of two minor climbs along Gower Gulch Loop.- Gower Gulch Loop
  • Hiking through Gower Gulch, one of many canyons in the Armagosa Mountains. - Gower Gulch Loop
  • Gower Gulch Loop in Death Valley National Park.- Gower Gulch Loop
  • Hiking along the foothills of the Armagosa Mountains.- Gower Gulch Loop
  • Golden Canyon parking lot.- Gower Gulch Loop
  • Gower Gulch Loop Trailhead from the Golden Canyon parking lot. - Gower Gulch Loop
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Pros: 
Easy access. Marked trail and free hike areas. Diverse geology.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Death Valley, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
520.00 ft (158.50 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
-130.00 ft (-39.62 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Gower Gulch is partially hiked in conjunction with the Golden Canyon to Zabriskie Point Trail. You can choose to include both on your journey or just finish the loop. Either option will take you on an amazing hike through the canyons of the majestic Armagosa Mountains. This loop’s trailhead starts at the Golden Canyon parking lot, and from there you can choose to enter the canyon or follow the foothills until you reach the Gower Gulch Canyon entrance.

The loop essentially follows the canyon washouts, so the ground is quite uneven. It is a fairly easy going hike apart from a few minor technical climbs of no more than 8 feet. While this is a free hike zone, there is a designated trail that is denoted by markers periodically set along the trail to keep you on track. This is one of the few trails in Death Valley National Park with trail markers, and it is also one of the more popular hikes in Badwater Basin.

Although the occurrence of flash floods in the park are uncommon, it is obvious that floods have had a major role in shaping this landscape. Volcanism has played a key role as well, contributing to the geological uniqueness in shape and earthtones. Every turn offers something different, and the variation keeps the hike interesting throughout.

The best times to approach this hike are early morning or late afternoon/early evening. During these times, the canyon walls provide shade as the sun is not directly overhead. If you are taking photos, you will get plenty of reflected light for a great exposure. Furthermore, watching the sunrise on Golden Canyon is an amazing experience, and it is worth getting up a little early to check it out!

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